Tao Te Ching – Twenty One

The greatest Virtue is to follow Tao and Tao alone.

The Tao is elusive and intangible.

Oh, it is intangible and elusive, and yet within is image.

Oh, it is elusive and intangible, and yet within is form.

Oh it is dim and dark, and yet within is essence.

The essence is very real, and therein lies faith.

From the very beginning until now its name has never been forgotten.

thus I perceive the creation.

How do I know the ways of creation?

Because of this.

LAO TSU

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Decluttering my studio this week and not painting or writing – un muddling my studio and brain! Finally prising my mind open to embrace acrylic paints and have beginners mind and experiment. Instead of saying ‘I can’t use them’, ‘I don’t like them’ and ‘I prefer oil’, I’m saying ‘I wonder what I CAN do with them’ and ‘they are not toxic, hurrah!’.

It feels so good having got all the half finished unresolved oil paintings out of the way last week. It feels like a new beginning AND the snow drops started blooming this week too. Spring is springing in more ways than one.

Simple shifts of intention and clarity of focus can be hard to find but look so easy written down. I have struggled to get here! It is long overdue to embrace working with acrylics as my lungs can’t cope with oil any longer.

I had a couple of sheets of 8ft x 4ft ply delivered and am waiting for a new fine tooth saw to arrive to cut it up into boards to paint on. I’m moving away from canvas too. A whole new beginning. A whole new practice!

So in the spirit of the Tao I am embracing the formless and the unknown, allowing my art practice to change and actually feeling excited about acrylics at long last! Yay! Faith in the unknown!

This painting made a weeks or so ago ‘Walking with Trees’ is acrylic, pastel and pencil on paper. I found myself enjoying the flexibility I found. A stepping stone drawing.

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